organic practices

The broadfork

One of many tasks underway on this very beautiful day is tillage by way of the broadfork.

20140412-120727.jpg Bed prep with the broadfork

This tool helps to aerate, till and loosen compacted soil deeply, all by leveraging your own body weight. The benefit of using the broadfork for tillage over something mechanical is that the broadfork is much less disruptive to the soil’s structure (i.e. earthworms and microbes don’t get chewed up). So, this tool’s use comes highly recommended by most organic farm gurus (Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch, John Jeavons, Pam Dawling, Jean- Martin Fortier….). It is a glad addition to our tool supply. This particular fork shown is the 14″ tine option from Meadow Creature. I think I am getting the hang of it though it is slower going than I expected (physicality on a warm day = clear evidence that I am out of training).

Anyway, after this step comes a beautiful layer of compost, a good raking, then 100s if not 1000s of onions, carrots and beets! One bed down, the rest of the garden to go! 🙂

Our last Pulaski market day

It is the last hurrah at the Marketplace, Pulaski. We have enjoyed, very much, selling at and attending this market. To celebrate the end of the season, I’ll be bringing:

– head lettuces
– loose leaf lettuces
– bell peppers
– hot peppers
– baby Nappa cabbages
– mixed greens (joy choi, mustard, kale, chard)
– green bean mix
– carrots
– radishes
– a sneak preview of our sweet potatoes (hello, Fall)!
– basil, bronze leaf fennel and lemon basil
– oh, yeah, some cherry tomatoes

I think that is it. See you soon!